DAILY LIFE OF A SECULAR CARMELITE

  1. DIVINE OFFICE
    Pray Morning & Evening Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours in union with the Universal Church each day. Engage in a daily examination of conscience--ideally right before Night Prayer, which is highly encouraged. Participate frequently in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
  2. MEDITATION
    Practice Mental Prayer for at least 30 minutes each day in an atmosphere of interior silence & solitude. This is the time to be with God and to strengthen your relationship with HIm so you can be a true witnesses to His presence in the world. Daily Spiritual Reading & Lectio Divina are highly encouraged.
  3. MASS
    Seek, within the limits imposed by the secular state, to participate in daily Mass whenever possible. When attendance at daily Mass is not possible, reflection on the scripture readings of the day is encouraged.
  4. MARY
    Practice devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. She is our model of the contemplative life. Emulate her in mental prayer & practice of the presence of God. Place your entire spiritual life under her guidance. Pray the Rosary, Angelus, Litany of Loreto & other approved Marian devotions.
  5. MISSION
    Actively participate in the Community Apostolate: ADOPT-A-SEMINARIAN. (See "APOSTOLATE" page of website) Spread Carmelite spirituality to address the needs of the church and world for authentic spirituality and prayer as found in the teachings of the three Carmelite Doctors of the Church.
  6. MEETINGS
    Strive to place the good of the community and fraternal charity above self-interest. Faithfully attend the Monthly Community Meetings. Attend at least one retreat per year. Participate in days of recollection. Desire and ability to attend meetings are a sign of an authentic vocation.